Ciena’s converged packet optical technology enables TDF to deploy a super-fast network that will provide new services to customers in the healthcare, government and finance sectors

TDF, continental Europe’s biggest owner of broadcast and telecoms masts, and Ciena® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced TDF has deployed Ciena’s optical solutions to provide 100G capabilities to its customers. This will allow TDF to address the need for increased bandwidth for its customers that are interested in high speed and low latency connectivity.

Already available to customers, the outstanding performances on TDF’s networks have proven to be a commercial success, particularly in Bordeaux where TDF opened its first data center in May 2013. TDF can also leverage Ciena’s converged packet optical platform to expand its network and provide service to new verticals – including IT, healthcare, telecom and government industries – and further strengthen its position in the media space, by fully addressing its specific demand in capacity, speed and power.

Ciena’s expertise in network modernization combined with the strong partnership between the two companies will enable TDF, a Ciena BizConnect partner, to continue developing new services in line with users’ needs, such as very high speed and low latency connectivity and data center interconnection.

Key Facts:

  • TDF provides      radio and television transmission services, and other multimedia services,      such as digitization of content, encoding and storage. TDF’s connectivity solutions      address the needs of telecom operators, IT service providers and      institutions, in addition to healthcare and finance organisations.
  • TDF’s high-capacity      network, stretching 4,200 kilometres, is connected to data centers in      Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Aix-Marseille and Rennes, and will increase      its reach in France to 5,000 kilometres by the end of 2014. The performance of the new network was      tested and approved on a long-haul transmission network from Bordeaux to      Marseille (via Paris), which covered 1,800 kilometres in France, without      needing regeneration. With this deployment, TDF is now positioned      as a key player in the French digital economy.
  • The network will be powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with third generation WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and integrated packet switching capabilities. TDF will also leverage Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System, for unified and simplified low-touch service management. OneControl also enables rapid service delivery, comprehensive transparent service visualization, and network monitoring and diagnostics. With this technology and adoption of Ciena’s OPn architecture approach, TDF will benefit from an extremely robust and efficient network that can easily scale to address all the diverse service requirements for its enterprise customers.
  • Additionally, TDF will deploy Ciena's digital      video transport solution to offer users the ability to transport      high-quality video content over its network.
  • TDF is also leveraging Ciena’s GeoAnalytics consulting service that uses enterprise databases and analytics to give service providers strategic business insight to help grow their business efficiently and profitably. TDF will use this for customer identification by geography, vertical market targeting, and lead generation activities.

Executive Comments:

  • “The      network is now critical to numerous organisations in different sectors. As      part of our experience in the media sector and in order to address new      markets, we implemented an expansion strategy that requires a reliable      packet-optical technology and a partner that could support us in the      creation of new services. Ciena provided us with that by helping us      broaden our range of solutions, identify new clients and seize new      opportunities.”
    -          Jean-Louis Mounier, industrial director at TDF Group
  • “In this increasingly competitive marketplace      operators like TDF must quickly respond to customer demands and      simultaneously implement new service offerings that help differentiate      them in the market. Addressing these challenges requires an architecture      that is future-proof and combines intelligence, scalability and high      capacity - all areas where Ciena excels. In our collaboration with TDF, we      are laying the foundation for next-generation 100G offers, and also positioning      them to address current market challenges with new advanced, high-speed      applications and services for its customers.”
    -          Eric Sèle, vice president strategic solutions  for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ciena

Technology Background:

  • Architected for network      modernization, Ciena’s 6500 converges comprehensive Ethernet, TDM and      WDM capabilities into a single platform to support cost-effective delivery      of emerging and existing services – from the access edge to the      backbone core.
  • OPn is      Ciena’s approach for building open and programmable next-generation      networks with flexible architectures and service offerings, providing      differentiated network operator benefits for a myriad of applications,      including: wireless backhaul, data center connectivity, cloud networks and      private network builds.
  • Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of      coherent optical technology with 30,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces      shipped to over 150 customers across the globe, with more than 31 million      coherent kilometers deployed.

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About TDF GroupWith the deployment of 4G mobile, the surge in DTT offers and new ways to watch TV, TDF now finds itself at the crossroads between new digital technologies, mobile and multimedia. As a creator of innovative solutions, TDF develops the communications of tomorrow including digital cinema, 3D, connected DTT, video-on-demand, catch-up TV, digital radio, web streaming, real-time traffic information, ultra high-speed telecoms networks, datacentres etc. TDF Group consists of over 11,000 sites, more than 20,000 telecoms points of service and 4,400 customers etc.

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